Undersheriff James Vandyken
Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard C. Fuller, III is announcing the appointment of his new Undersheriff to replace retiring Undersheriff Paul Matyas.
James Vandyken, Captain of the Operations Division, has been appointed Undersheriff effective immediately. Vandyken, 47 yrs old, has lived in the Schoolcraft area his entire life, graduating from Schoolcraft High School before attending Grand Valley State University, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He graduated from the KVCC Police Academy in 1991 and is also a graduate of the 252 FBI Academy in 2013.
Vandyken began his career at the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office in January 1991 as a Corrections Deputy, assigned to the Jail Division until 1995 when he began an assignment as a patrol Deputy. As a patrol Deputy, he served as an evidence technician and field training officer. In 2001, Vandyken was promoted to Detective Sergeant where he served for 7 years. In 2008, he was promoted to Lieutenant of the Investigations Section and in 2009 assigned as Lieutenant of the Field Operations Division when the Sheriff’s Office restructured. In April 2016, Vandyken was named Captain of the Field Operations Division where he served until this appointment.
Vandyken’s parents are James and Jan Vandyken from Schoolcraft. His father is a retired Captain with the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. Vandyken has two children, Jason and Justin, both attending college. He will work on transition with Undersheriff Matyas until his retirement on October 6th.